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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dream destination: Hawaii

My husband and I have talked about traveling to Hawaii for years. It’s on our bucket list of trips to make together. Just look at that gorgeous photo - can't you almost feel the warm breeze off the ocean, hear the gentle swish of waves? Ahhh.

But shh, don’t tell him – I’ve already been there without him! Well, virtually anyway. :) It’s one of the things I love about being a writer. Researching exotic locales isn’t as great as going, but I still have a lot of fun.

After reading a news story about an airplane that lost its fuselage, I thought: what a great idea for a story! The plane didn’t crash, and no one was injured, but yikes, the tension on that flight. Which two people, I wondered, could I put on that plane?

An uptight, overworked heroine, of course, and her polar opposite – a laid-back surfer. The result was Going with Gravity, my contemporary romance. Going with Gravity was a 2011 EPIC finalist!

It’s now re-released on Amazon and Smashwords

Here’s an excerpt:

“My purse.” She scrambled out of bed. “What the hell is wrong with me?” She grabbed it from the table and pulled out her Blackberry, still off since yesterday. And she hadn’t charged it, either.
“I can’t believe I’m such an idiot.” Rummaging through her laptop case, she pulled the cord out and plugged it into the device.
His bare footfalls padded up behind her, and he laid a hand on her back. “What’s wrong?”
He looked so sweet, so concerned. What was he doing in her world? His very sanity and groundedness threw off her edge.
“Michelle’s going to kill me. I never called her yesterday.”
He slid his arms around her. “She’ll get over it.”
Her head against his chest, she whimpered, “If only that were true.”
He kissed her hair. “Let’s get something to eat. When we get back, you can call her. It’s too early now.”
Of all her options, that sounded sensible. Michelle would hate her more if she woke her up so early – what was the time difference between San Diego and Hawaii anyway? Ten and a half hours between New York and Hawaii, but she hadn’t planned to stop on the West Coast. It must still be a few hours’ difference, at least, especially since Hawaii didn’t observe daylight savings time.
He patted her rear. “Get dressed.”
Her bag. She’d left it at the airport. “Ugh. The same clothes. How disgusting.”
He tugged on his shorts. “I don’t know. They bring back good memories, don’t you think?”
She lay her blouse and skirt on the bed and smoothed the wrinkles. “That’s true. Oh.”
He tilted his head in question.
“My panties.” She’d have to go commando.
A leering smile crept across his face. “Oh yeah. Sorry about that.”
“Don’t be. I’m not.” She disrobed and stood there. “Sure we have to get breakfast now?” Once they landed in Honolulu, she might never see him again.
He walked to her and took a deep breath as his hands wandered down her back. “You should have something to keep up your strength.”
She kissed him, and pulled him onto the bed. “I will. Later.” She had two years of loneliness behind her, and who knew how many ahead of her. Time was of the essence.

I’d love to give away an ebook of Going with Gravity! Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll select a winner tomorrow night. Just tell me -- what's your dream destination? And be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. Aloha!


Judy said...

That is a beautiful setting in Hawaii!! I have never been there, so put me down for Hawaii also!!


Pearl said...

Aloha! Great excerpt Cate! We lived on the Big Island of Hawaii and a most amazing thing that happens, whenever we return, literally from the moment we step off the plane is that feeling; the u-n-w-i-n-d-i-n-g.... how time seems to slow down, and the rhythm of 'island time' takes over... Thanks for sharing!

booklover0226 said...

My dream destination is of the great pharaohs. I would love to see the pyramids of Giz.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Jacquie Rogers said...

French Polynesia. With several cabana boys ready to cater to my every whim.

Nice post, Cate!

Na said...

I have always wanted to go to Hawaii, everything about the island seems so pituresque. So far though I have only been there virtually. A plane crash is a good circumstance for a romance to build, well so long as no one gets hurt. It means people are more likely to show their show their true colours and honesty is the best way to go into a relationship.


katsrus said...

I would love to see Ireland, Scotland, & England. Hawaii does sound beautiful though. Your book sounds wonderful.
Sue B

joder said...

That's a great excerpt and I'd love to read more! A dream destination of mine is Scotland. I LOVE the beautifully serene countryside and the amazing accents heard from every direction.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Anna said...

I had a two week working trip to Hawaii once (TDY) and it was gorgeous. The giant swap meet was fun. The fresh pineapple and cheap macadamia nuts were wonderful. And I discover manapua. Yummy!

Toni said...

I'm a Scotland girl. I went last year to Ireland and was so bummed that I couldn't just jump over there. I love the history and the old castles.


Mara said...

Hello again. Get yourself to HAwaii in real life if you can. I spent quite a bit of time on Maui years ago windsurfing and hangin out and it was spectacular.
At that time, I worked at a SCUBA shop in NYC and got to travel all over the Caribbean for work. I was like the Julie McCoy of the shop - we'd take trips to get our customers certified and I'd go along to make sure they had fun. Yup, rough job is you can get it!
So, I was very lucky and went to many dream destinations, but I never got to go on the other side of the world, like Fiji. So I'd like to get there one day.
I'd love to win this book, too!

marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT net

Anonymous said...

I've been to Oahu only once but I loved it. How could I not? I especially loved the North Shore. I went to Venice last Fall and fell in love with it. I would go back to Italy every year if I could.

User1123 AT comcast DOT net

Robin said...

Great excerpt! I'd love to visit Hawaii! And Italy, Ireland, Europe in general, the Caribbean...

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mara said...

I've been to Italy a few times & loved it. Esp. Venice & Florence. If I'm not doing a beach vacay, Italy & France are my choices
marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT net

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much for your comments everyone! Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, but it's been one of those crazy weekends. Reading about your travels makes me long to hop a plane, boat, airship or balloon and see the sights!

I tossed all your names into a bowl, and my daughter drew out...


Congrats Mara, I will email you your book tonight.

Thanks again everyone! Have a fantastic week.

Mara said...

Thank you Cate!!